Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Mexico

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2-3 cruises


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2 out of 5

A Real Money Grab

Sail Date: January 01, 2009

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Suite

Freestyle sounds great on the surface, but get ready to pay $10-25 per person for this option. In addition, some restaurants charge not only the fee but an additional premium if you choose particular items. ie. Cagney's is $25 plus an additional $10 if you want surf and turf. At $35/pp this soon adds up. Every where you go, they constantly promote bingo; before shows, swimming, etc. The cost is $89/pp with very little of that money given back as prizes. A true rip-off, this has to be a HUGE money maker. I personally feel the Cruise Director's staff is graded on their ability to generate revenue rather than provide quality entertainment. Most of the activities they promote have a $$$ attached. I was amazed at how often this staff had their hand out.

Pros: Entertainment

Cons: Constant Bingo Pitches and Restaurant Fees

Recommends Norwegian Star? No.

Food and Dining
Depends - Want Freestyle the restaurants charge a premium of $10-25 plus. Otherwise you have the usual cattle call and waits. You pay a premium to avoid the latter.
Ship Quality
Nothing spectacular, 14 restaurants, most of them pay.
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
I would rate higher if not for the Cruise Director Staff Paul-Dir and Jill-Asst.Dir lead the way in thinking of every conceviable way of emptying your wallet. Paul and Jill come across as totally insincere. I truly feel they are judged upon the revenue they generate. Room stewards and servers are outstanding.
If not for the Bingo and casino pitches preceeding every announcement and introduction.
Children's Programs
Pretty limited activities.

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